Senior Alyssa Clark went 3 for 3 from the plate with no one hit being more important than her first. With two outs in the top of the first and Claire Johnson on first base after being walked, Clark sent a monster shot over the scoreboard in left field. The homerun gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead and their confidence swelled.
“When you hit it you just know and that one was one of those,” Clark said. “This really means a lot. I’ve grown up with all these girls and it’s been amazing to go on to state.”
Boonville responded in the bottom of the second as Maddy Conner hit a solo homerun of VanDyke to pull within a run of the Bruins.
In the top of the third, Kaitlyn Settlemoir led off with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and after a sacrifice bunt by Lizzi Meyer, landed at third with two outs. Clark stepped up again for Tri-West, bringing in her third RBI of the game with a single and the Bruins took back the run they had given up.
The teams remained scoreless until the top of the sixth as Heath sent her second homerun of the day over the fence. Heath’s two-run shot brought in Taylor Baggett from second and the Bruins looked to have the game well in hand headed to the last frame.
Heath finished 3 for 3 from the plate with two singles and the homerun.
Boonville showed its resiliency in the last half inning, plating two runs and narrowing the lead to two runs, but Tri-West closed out the Pioneers’ season as VanDyke recorded her first strikeout of the game for the win.